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University Of Ulster Hosts Annual Health Fair

Students, staff and members of the public are to be given tips on how to improve their health and wellbeing at a special event in the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus next week.

Final year Environmental Health students have recruited a range of government, non-government and charitable organisations to impart health and safety advice and information at the University of Ulster Health Fair on Tuesday, March 12.

Funded by the University’s School of the Built Environment, the Fair will take place on the Jordanstown campus mall, from 10am to 2pm.

More than 20 organisations will be participating in what has become a popular annual event.

Advice will be given on a range of issues including finance and accommodation/housing, healthy eating and cooking, smoking and general health concerns.

Dr Marie Vaganay from the School of the Built Environment said: “The annual Health Fair is organised entirely by final year students from the environmental health degree course, as part of their public health module.

“It enables them to put into practice what they have learned in terms of health promotion. The event is now in its fourth year and on Tuesday, we will host an even wider range of organisations than previously.

“Those taking part include: Newtownabbey Borough Council, who will provide information on home safety; Meningitis Research Association; Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY); Action Cancer; Brooke Northern Ireland; mental health charity, Carecall; Addiction NI; Asthma UK and The Cormac Trust.

“The PSNI, and Fire Service will be giving advice on home, road and personal safety and internal University of Ulster services such as the UU Health Clinic and UU gym, will also be present.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and chat to the organisations and get some personal advice, or just pick up some leaflets, browse and enjoy the event.”

*The University of Ulster Health Fair takes place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, on the Jordanstown campus mall, from 10am to 2pm.

CAPTION: Dr Marie Vaganay (centre) with Health Fair organisers (from left) Jenny Duckett, Adam Despard, Vivienne Boyd, Lauren Campbell, and Amy Campbell